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Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said Monday that Deron Williams has not informed him of any lingering injury issues, which is just the way the All-Star guard wants it.
Williams acknowledged Saturday following a road win against Portland that he was "banged up."
Utah's team leader has dealt with foot, back, hip and calf injuries since the season started, yet he has managed to start all 15 of the Jazz's games.
Prior to Utah's 94-83 win against Sacramento on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena, Williams ranked second in the NBA in total minutes (548) and fifth in average minutes (39.1).
By comparison, Jazz Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton averaged more than 36 minutes just five times in 19 seasons. His career-high average: 38.7.
The idea of discussing any injury, however, is pointless to Williams. He wants to take the court at all times, and does not want to give opponents a possible advantage.
"It doesn't change anything," said Williams, following a Monday morning shootaround at EnergySolutions Arena. "I can talk about them all I want, but they're still going to be there."
As a result, Sloan has not heard a word of complaint from the Jazz leader in scoring (20.9) and assists (9.7).
"He hasn't said anything about not playing," Sloan said. "I guess whenever it comes to that point, I guess we'll have to adjust and go on. He's evidently trying to play with it, and that's part of the business.
"Everybody plays with something banged up on them, it doesn't make any difference whether However, Williams acknowledged after the win over the Kings that his shot is off and his legs are not providing their normal lift. In addition, an early-season Jazz journey that has been heavy on games and thrilling but emotionally and physically draining comeback victories has clearly taken a toll on the All-Star guard.
"We haven't had many days off," Williams said. "The schedule's been pretty bad."
During its first 14 games, Utah was outrebounded by an average margin of 45-40. The Jazz were then outrebounded 50-39 by Sacramento.
Sloan said after the victory that his team's commitment to the boards has gone downhill. Before the game, he stated that rebounding "comes from desire" and is the responsibility of all five players on the court.
"A lot of people think it's strictly [up to] the big guys," Sloan said. "But there are a lot of long shots in this league a lot of 3-point shots. That's when other people have to put themselves in position to try and rebound."